Pursuant to Section 43 (9) of the Austrian Universities Act 2002, the Arbitration Committee is set up for a term of two years.
Observing a gender balance, the Senate, the University Council, and the Equalities Working Group nominate a total of six members and six substitute members for each term of office (currently 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021).
Profile and responsibilities
According to Section 43 of the Universities Act 2002, the Arbitration Committee can be called upon
to resolve conflicts between members of the university
to rule upon complaints lodged by the Equalities Working Group concerning cases of discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, religion or ideology, age or sexual orientation arising from the decision of a university authority
to rule upon objections brought forward by the Equalities Working Group concerning the incorrect composition of collegial bodies
to rule upon objections brought forward by the Equalities Working Group concerning the inadequacy of nomination proposals in the case of elections.
Matters that are subject to legal action (e.g. proceedings in study matters, habilitation and employment law proceedings) as well as performance assessments (e.g. assessments of examinations and academic papers) are excluded from examination by the Arbitration Committee.
In the performance of its duties, the Arbitration Committee shall, as far as possible, strive to achieve a consensus between the parties involved. Pursuant to Section 43 of the Universities Act, all university authorities and members of the university are obliged to provide the members of the Arbitration Committee with information on the relevant matter and to participate in contact meetings. The members of the Arbitration Committee are not bound by any instructions or orders in the performance of their function.
For your convenience, the rules of procedure of the Arbitration Committee at the University of Klagenfurt have been translated into English.
You may also wish to refer to the legally binding German version of the rules of procedure as announced in the university bulletin published on 20 January 2016.